DRIVEN MILE­STONE

Brabus Clas­sic

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BRABUS CLAS­SIC Few au­to­mo­tive brands main­tain their clas­sic sta­tus for as long as Mercedes-Benz. Not all Mercs are kept as well as they should be, how­ever, and in­evitably will re­quire some restora­tion dur­ing its life­time.

Although orig­i­nally es­tab­lished as a tun­ing com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in Mercedes cars, Brabus cre­ated a spe­cial­ist clas­sic restora­tion com­pany and dealer ve­hi­cles called Brabus Clas­sic, to give older Mercs a new lease on life.

Dur­ing the restora­tion process, be­tween 1,500 and 4,000 work­ing hours (de­pend­ing on the ve­hi­cle) are spent in restor­ing each clas­sic Mercedes to pris­tine con­di­tion. Us­ing their ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise, gained from their long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Mercedes-Benz, many new parts, and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail, Brabus Clas­sic rein­vig­o­rates vin­tage ve­hi­cles that roll into the work­shop with new-car char­ac­ter.

Dubbed the Brabus Clas­sic ‘6-star’ restora­tion process, Brabus Clas­sic bases their restora­tion phi­los­o­phy on the prin­ci­ple of reusing as many orig­i­nal parts as pos­si­ble, only dis­card­ing those com­po­nents that can­not be saved.

The restora­tion process be­gins by dis­as­sem­bling the base car in the Brabus Clas­sic. In this process, all parts are in­spected and cat­a­logued, un­ser­vice­able com­po­nents are dis­carded, and oth­ers, which are suit­able for re­con­di­tion­ing, are re­stored to mint con­di­tion.

The body shell is then com­pletely stripped of paint, re­con­di­tioned by ex­pe­ri­enced mas­ter body­work spe­cial­ists, and given a cat­alytic dip primer coat­ing. The scope of the restora­tion also com­prises cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion us­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy to pro­tect the paint as well as a per­fect paint job in the orig­i­nal colour.

Af­ter work in the var­i­ous de­part­ments is com­pleted, the clas­sic Mercedes car is re­assem­bled with ut­most pre­ci­sion. It is un­der­stood that, dur­ing the process, not only all me­chan­i­cal wear parts but also all seals and gas­kets are re­placed, be­fore be­ing de­liv­ered to the cus­tomer.

www.brabus.com/clas­sic.

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